Today, at the White House.
Tell Me What Your Instructions Is
My instructions to the General is, get over to the zone as quickly as possible and implement a plan that we believe will yield our goals.
Must Be A Box-And-One
One of the amazing things about our country is that we’ve got military folks who volunteer to go into a tough zone to protect the American people from future harm, and they’ve got families who stand by them. Whether you be a general or a private in the military, there is a U.S. — there’s a family member saying, I love you and I support you.
And so, General, I congratulate you and I congratulate the volunteers and their families for making the hard decisions necessary to protect its people from a grave danger.
We’re Fresh Out Of Deciders, But We Have An Implementor
And in that I’m the decision maker, I had to come up with a way forward that precluded disaster. In other words, I had to think about what’s likely to work. And so I worked with our military and I worked with Secretary Gates to come up with a plan that is likely to succeed. And the implementor of that plan is going to be General Petraeus.
Bless This Mess
And they have an obligation and a serious responsibility, therefore, to put up their own plan as to what would work.
Now some are trying to say that because we’re enforcing — helping ourselves in Iraq by stopping outside influence from killing our soldiers or hurting Iraqi people that we want to expand this beyond the borders — that’s a presumption that simply is not accurate.